Asia Pacific Topics

Dec 24, 2014

China cracks down on environmental crimes

China’s environmental regulators nearly doubled the number of cases they referred to police involving suspected polluters over the first three-quarters of this year compared to all of last year, amid a larger push by the government to crack down on the country’s severe environmental ...

Dec 24, 2014

Global warming blamed for worst Pacific coral bleaching on record

The Marshall Islands is experiencing its worst-ever coral bleaching as global warming threatens reefs across the entire northern Pacific, scientists said Monday. Marine researchers said an El Nino weather pattern had been developing in recent months, raising ocean temperatures and stressing delicate coral reefs. ...

Dec 12, 2014

'Catastrophic' Bangladesh oil spill threatens rare dolphins

An oil spill from a sunken tanker in Bangladesh is threatening endangered dolphins in the vast Sundarbans delta, officials warned Thursday, calling it an ecological “catastrophe.” The tanker was carrying an estimated 357,000 liters (77,000 gallons) of oil when it sank in the Sundarbans’ ...

Australia pledges $165 million to U.N. climate fund

Dec 10, 2014

Australia pledges $165 million to U.N. climate fund

Australia bowed to international pressure and pledged 200 million Australian dollars ($165 million) to the U.N.-backed Green Climate Fund on Wednesday to mitigate the impact of global warming on poor countries. With its use of coal-fired power and relatively small population of 23 million, ...

Dec 8, 2014

23% of 'purified' water in China is polluted, tests show

Almost a quarter of purified drinking water tested by China’s top safety watchdog was substandard, with many products found to contain excessive levels of bacteria, the official Shanghai Daily newspaper said on Monday. The findings underline the challenge to controlling supply chains in China, ...